William Roberts, 90

William Eugene "Max" Roberts, 90, Lagro, died at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Autumn Ridge Healthcare Center in Wabash.  He was born Jan. 4, 1923 in Lagro Township, Wabash County, Indiana to Kenneth "Shorty" and Mary Mildred (Judy) Roberts.

Max married Annabelle Manning, in Wabash, on June 29, 1946; she died Oct. 6, 1991.  He was a WWII Marine Corps veteran.  He worked for Rieth-Riley Construction in Goshen, Ind., and retired from Hanks Construction in Wabash.  Max was a member of the American Legion Post 248 in Lagro.  He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and his dog Belle.

He is survived by five children, Cheryl (Charles) Goodpaster, Lagro, Gregory (Vickie) Roberts, Schertz, Texas, William "Bill" (Rosemary) Roberts, Lance Roberts and Lane Roberts, all of Lagro; step-daughter, Karen Speck, Winter Haven, Fla.; sister, Beverly (Larry) Rudicel, Clinton, Tenn.; 19 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, his brother Raymond "Butch" Roberts, his sister Helen Joan Martinsek, and a grandson Thad Reading.

Funeral services were held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m., with Tim Tyner, Evangelist officiating.  Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery, Lagro. 

Friends and family may call from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. 

The memorial guest book for Max may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Apr 26